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Crif Dogs

113 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY - (212) 614-2728
Posted By Bill Homan on 1/23/2008 1:47:00 PM
Crif Dogs has been a fixture in the East Village for years. If you go there late at night (read: 1 am), this tiny, below-street-level hot dog shop always seems to be packed. The menu shows a "counterculture" bent in their attitude and their food. The Spicy Redneck is a deep-fried smoked dog with bacon, chili, coleslaw, and jalapenos. It's one of the best dogs I've ever tasted. The Tsunami is a house dog, bacon-wrapped, with teriyaki sauce, pineapple, and green onions. The Chang is a bacon-wrapped dog topped with kimchee. They also offer "Stoner Packs." These are grab bags of food that they choose.

The chili dog (which comes with mustard and onions) has a crisp snap and rugged, gnarled sexiness from the deep frying; makes me want to down more than one. The chili is their own, not canned. A side of Tater Tots brings me back to my school cafeteria. They are piled high, stuck together and not at all crispy, very addictive. No ketchup needed. Besides the usual, Crif also offers RC Cola, Red Birch Beer, and Stewarts Root Beer. Very nice.

Like no other place in the city, Crif Dogs fills a need and fills it well.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Spicy Redneck
Tsunami Dog & Chili Dog
Chili Dog
Tater Tots
Baked Beans
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Cliff and I split these deep fried beauties and were rewarded with some big flavors.
"Cliff and I split these deep fried beauties and were rewarded with some big flavors."
Bill Homan





Just like I remember from my childhood.
"Just like I remember from my childhood."
Bill Homan


Bacon-wrapped dog with jalapenos and slaw, with a birch beer on the side.
"Bacon-wrapped dog with jalapenos and slaw, with a birch beer on the side."
Mark Kaupe


My guess is that these are from a can but they were exactly what I was craving, slightly sweet and just soft enough.
"My guess is that these are from a can but they were exactly what I was craving, slightly sweet and just soft enough."
Bill Homan


The chili dog has a nice snap and smokiness.
"The chili dog has a nice snap and smokiness. "
Bill Homan


The house dog (opened up for a view of the meat), smoked and deep-fried, then covered with mustard, onions and chili.  A real winner.
"The house dog (opened up for a view of the meat), smoked and deep-fried, then covered with mustard, onions and chili. A real winner."
Bill Homan


If you've got the munchies, Crif can probably satisfy your craving.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"If you've got the munchies, Crif can probably satisfy your craving. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Bill Homan


Crif Dogs has a style all their own.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"Crif Dogs has a style all their own. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Bill Homan


A little basement spot in the east Village that has quite a following.
"A little basement spot in the east Village that has quite a following."
Bill Homan


Like the cake that Alice ate in Wonderland, this sign beckoned to me.
"Like the cake that Alice ate in Wonderland, this sign beckoned to me."
Bill Homan


Just a hint as to the attitude of this hot dog shack.
"Just a hint as to the attitude of this hot dog shack."
Bill Homan


They even have classic '80s video games.
"They even have classic '80s video games. "
Bill Homan


And they have my personal favorite from my teens.  I dropped many quarters on this game back in the day.
"And they have my personal favorite from my teens. I dropped many quarters on this game back in the day."
Bill Homan



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